Monodelphis kunsi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Monodelphis kunsi
Species Authority: Pine, 1975
Common Name(s):
English Pygmy Short-tailed Opossum
French Opossum-musaraigne de Kuns

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-06-30
Assessor(s): Solari, S., de la Sancha, N. & Vilela, J.
Reviewer(s): Flores, D. & Chiozza, F.
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. However, this species is known from few specimens in Paraguay and Argentina.
2008 Least Concern
1996 Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina (Gardner 2007). This species is found from lowlands up to 1,500 m.
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: This species is estimated to be widespread with locally low densities.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species seems to prefer moderately disturbed habitats (Anderson 1982). It is found in a variety of habitats, including forest and cerrado. There are no information available on habits, behaviour, food or reproduction (Anderson 1997).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. However, there is local habitat destruction which might be reducing some populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is found in many protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

Anderson, S. 1982. Monodelphis kunsi. Mammalian Species 190: 1-3.

Anderson, S. 1997. Mammals of Bolivia: Taxonomy and distribution. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 231: 1–652.

Gardner, A. L. 2007. Order Didelphimorphia. In: A. L. Gardner (ed.), Mammals of South America, pp. 669. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.2). Available at: (Accessed: 10 November 2011).

Citation: Solari, S., de la Sancha, N. & Vilela, J. 2011. Monodelphis kunsi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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